Loan rules

Borrowing rights

  • Everyone who lives in any of the Nordic countries and who can identify himself/herself has the right to borrow material from the library. Other borrowers are kindly asked to contact the library staff.
  • All material borrowed from the library is meant for use within the Nordic countries only and cannot be taken on a journey to another country.
  • Before a trip/ absence of more than 30 days (guaranteed loan period) the books must be returned.
  • Anyone who disregards the library regulations may be barred from using the Library. Decision about suspension is made by the Chief Librarian. The decision may be appealed to the Director of the Institute.

The borrower

  • Binds himself/herself to follow the library loan rules and agrees to keep himself/ herself informed of changes of these. Changes are displayed in the library.
  • Is personally responsible for his/her book loans.
  • Cannot transfer book loans to another borrower.
  • Is responsible for returning all the borrowed material at all times.
  • Must notify the library of change of address.
  • Is responsible for presenting the borrowed material at the request of the library staff.
  • Must treat the library material with care. Any damaging of the material is forbidden.
  • Is responsible for compensating for lost or damaged material.

The library card

  • Should be regarded as a document of value.
  • If the library card is lost, an immediate report should be made to the library.
  • Should always be shown to the library staff on request.
  • When applying for a library card, both the applicant’s temporary and permanent addresses must be given, and the identification must be shown.

The loans

  • All the material of the library may be borrowed, except periodicals, government publications and reference material, which are not normally for loan.
  • There is a limit of 30 book loans. Researchers and post-graduate students are excepted from this rule.
  • There is a limit of 2 videotapes/dvd/cd per person at a time.
  • The library does not effect interlibrary loans.

The loan period

  • Is normally 150 days for researchers and post-graduate students, of which 30 days is a guaranteed loan period. (The book can then be requested if another borrower has made a reservation.)
  • Is normally 30 days for other borrowers.
  • Can in some cases be limited.
  • Book loans may be renewed if another borrower has not requested the books.
  • For videotapes/dvd/cd the loan period is 7 days.

Recalls and bills

  • Library material, which is not returned on time, will be recalled by the library.
  • The first and the second reminders are sent to the borrower by e-mail or by regular mail.
  • The third reminder is also a bill, which is sent by regular mail only. The book is then regarded as lost and the borrower must compensate for it.
  • The bill which amounts to 450 Swedish kronor per book refers to the value of the book(s), as well as an administrative fee.
  • With the third reminder, the borrower’s borrowing rights are suspended.
  • The suspension continues until the bill is paid or the material is returned.

Secrecy rules

According to the Swedish law, information about a borrower’s book loans, orders and reservations is confidential, Sekretesslagen 9 kap. 22 § (SFS 1980:100, 1989:713).

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